Economics & Finance - Alumni Stories

Michael Cochran '13

Economic Consultant, Bates White LLC

Cochran holds BA degrees in economics and mathematics from Canisius. He is currently a consultant II at Bates White economic consulting, with potential plans to pursue graduate economic studies in his future. During his senior year, the department presented Cochran with its John S. Murphy Award, which recognizes a student who demonstrates academic excellence in economics. An alumnus of the All-College Honors Program, Cochran’s senior Honors thesis contends that the behavior of the stock market is best modeled by using fractal analysis.


James E. Fish Jr. '12

Client Service Associate, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Golden Griffin Fund Alumnus

Canisius economics and finance students are best of breed and that’s a result of the program, which is versatile and well-structured; the professors, who have diverse expertise; and the Golden Griffin Fund, which is probably the best possible way to really learn about the inner workings of capital markets and investment management. 


Julie Anna Golebiewski '04, PhD


Economist, Independent Budget Office, NYC

The economics and finance professors at Canisius gave me the support, flexibility and knowledge base I needed to be successful post-college. Writing a senior thesis using my newly-acquired econometric and programming skills provided me with practical experience even before graduate school.


Nancy Hilliker '10

Equity Research, Softlines, Specialty & Luxury Retail, Citi Research

My experiences in the Golden Griffin Fund, SIFE and in the Economics & Finance program provided an excellent foundation for my future.  These remarkable opportunities enabled me to gain real world experience and have given me the skills to accelerate my career. My critical thinking, analytical perspective and eagerness to learn were developed and fostered at Canisius College by incredible professors who mentored me as a student and continue to motivate me as a young professional. 


Jared Hojnacki '08


Financial Analyst, M&T Bank

As an undergrad, Hojnacki presented a paper analyzing the subprime mortgage crisis at the Proceedings of the Business Research Consortium of WNY Conference.


Joshua Kehoe '13


Center for Professional Development

Kehoe earned his BS in finance from Canisius College and is pursuing his certification as a chartered financial analyst. He received the Economics & Finance Department “Best Finance Student Award,” during his senior year. Kehoe was also one of only 45 undergraduate students to be inducted into the Canisius College Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma in 2013. Induction into the international honor society is the highest recognition a business student can receive from a business program that is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).  


Katie List Sullivan '08


Sr. Associate, Audit Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers

List Sullivan’s senior thesis analyzing the municipal bond credit rating won 1st place in the St. John’s University Investment Essay Competition. Business Research Consortium Journal of Business recently published a modified version of the essay, which List Sullivan co-authored with Economics/Finance Professors George Palumbo, PhD, and Mark Zaporowski, PhD.


Steven Oldani '06


Vice President, Citi Global Markets and Banking

The Canisius economics and finance program helped me build a versatile, effective set of technical and leadership skills.


Wesley Reppert '09


Senior Consultant, Bates White LLC

Bates White LLC is an international economics and consulting firm that provides services to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and law firms. Bates White was founded by Matthew E. Raiff  ’91, who also established the Bates White/ Canisius Research Initiative to provide research opportunities for students.


Meghan Taylor '13

Ernst & Young LLP

Taylor graduated in May 2013 with BS degrees in finance, accounting and accounting information systems. She is currently pursuing her certification as a chartered financial analyst. Taylor received the Economics & Finance Department “Best Finance Student Award,” during her senior year. As a junior, she was inducted into the Canisius College Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma. Induction into the international honor society is the highest recognition a business student can receive from a business program that is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).  


Sarah Urban '13


Credit, Portfolio Analyst, Citi

Urban earned BA degrees in economics and mathematics and statistics from Canisius College. During her senior year, she received the Nelson D. Civello Most Outstanding Graduate Award. The award is among the department’s most prestigious and is conferred upon the recommendation of faculty members. An alumnus of the All-College Honors Program, Urban’s senior Honors thesis examined the determinants and rating process of municipal bond risk ratings.